Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Print Files from Folder

In order to get to use Terminal (in Utilities on a Mac) to list out the files and be able to save them do the following
Open Terminal - go to Application/Utilities

Type the following:
cd /volumes

An easier way to copy the files is:

1) Open TextEdit (or, I assume, any text application).

2) Navigate to the folder in question with your Finder.

3) Select a file within said folder and press command A to select all.

4) Press command C to copy.

5) Return to TextEdit and hold down command, option, and shift, and then hit V to paste and match style.

I found this here:  http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=586589

Monday, November 28, 2011

Buttermilk Pie

After having the buttermilk pie at The Yesterday Cafe I had to try making it myself.  It's really easy but each slice (1/8 of pie) has 11 points plus.  I had a sliver for 4 PP.   I found a bunch of recipes but this is the one I decided to use and will make again:

Choo-Choo's Buttermilk Pie from The Dairy Hollow House Cookbook
by Crescent Dragonwagon

Taken directly from the book:
1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
Beat in:
2 rounded tbsp flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp vanilla
the grated rind of 2 lemon
Pour this into the unbaked pie shell and sprinkle liberally with
fresh ground nutmeg (or cardamom)
Bake 45 minutes.  It should be slightly browned but still a little liquid. Don't worry.  it will set deliciously as it cools; please don't overbake.
Glenna's note:  Bake until center temperature reaches 140 degrees on a meat thermometer. The center will still be slightly fluid but eggs set at 140 degrees so the pie will be done.  Do not overbake.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Going Home

On our way home from Georgia we stayed at the Town Place Suites in Winchester, VA and we had a beautiful suite for our one night stay.

And the timing was perfect to eat at a local Japanese restaurant, Sansui and use the American Express Small Business Saturday promotion and save $25.   The  Sushi dinner and Japanese beer after a 9+ hour drive were just right to send us back to our luxurious accomodations and fall asleep in preparation for the 6+ hours ride home.

 This was our complimentary dessert, an orange sliced in in such an interesting way to eat out of the skin.

Friday, November 25, 2011

I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing

What a difference it makes when you have a huge island, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, and 8 pairs of hands to help with the preparation of a Thanksgiving dinner.  It was like the grasshopper and the ant but we didn't have any grasshoppers.  Just lots of ants who helped with the preparation and then got to partake in the delicious meal we all got to share.  And I tried everything we had!
Top to Bottom (L to R) Sausage stuffing, dark meat, turnips, green beans, fresh cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, stuffing, sweet potatoes, salad, white meat
Buttermilk pie, apple pies, cheesecake, leftover birthday cake

Fortunately today we went for a 3 mile hike at Rock Hawk Effigy & Trails

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Week in Review: Nov 17-23

Wednesday 11.23.11
Everyone is here today.  Larry, Michael and Tom played 9 holes of golf.  Bree and Stephen were actually able to get on the same bus from the airport to get out here.  Doris left me in charge of taking Stephen's birthday cake out of the oven when it was done while she went to pick them up.  Unfortunately she didn't remember when she put it in the oven and said I should do the toothpick test in 10 minutes.  I did test it and it came out clean but figured I should give it another 5 minutes anyway.  Later on I asked Doris if I did OK and I FAILED.  The cake collapsed because the inside wasn't done.  On the good side, the inside was chocolatey and gooey and everyone liked it.  Michael did a good job of hiding the disaster under globs of frosting.

Ally made sugar cookies

in the afternoon while Larry and I took a 3 mile walk around the neighborhood where I got to pass my favorite turkey again but the big attraction this time was the giant fire ant hill.

Tuesday 11.22.11
Ally took a walk with us today.
 When we came back I sat outside and had a visitor.
Doris went to the airport to pick up Tom so we had happy hour outside and Michael made a fire in the firepit.  We had salmon for dinner with leftovers.  I repeat, no going hungry here.

Monday 11.21.11
Larry and Michael played golf again today, but later in the day.  I drove to Conyers in search of hockey fabric so I could come through with Hunter's request for hockey quilts for everyone for Christmas.  No luck.  I went to Joann's, Walmart and Hobby Lobby and that took me all afternoon.
Doris and Michael made do it yourself pork and beef fajitas for dinner with salad and beans & rice.

No chance of going hungry around here!
Sunday 11.20.11
Michael and Larry played golf this morning and Doris went to church and for a walk with Joan so I had time to myself and was here when Ally arrived.

Today was also the day to deal with the squirrel issue.  Michael built a barrier for the squirrel and used a 2 KG weight to block the opening, however he was still inside so we had to let him get out.  I wanted to take a picture of him coming out so I sat there and waited and waited.  When I wasn't going to watch for a while, I put the weight back.  When we went out to move it, it turned out that he had pulled it all the way in so that he could get around it and get out.  Just to be sure he was gone, I put some nuts both inside the barrier and outside it.  Later on the outside nuts were gone but the inside one was still there.  I put a cashew on the inside and pistachios on the outside, maybe he doesn't like cashews??? but we never heard any more noise.  Tomorrow the pest control guy comes to more permanently fix the problem.
 Above is what the squirrel did to the inside of the vent and below is the weight the squirrel pulled into the vent in order to get out.  It was heavy!!  Don't want to mess with a squirrel.

It was time for another movie marathon.  We watched The Town with Ben Affleck, Conviction with Hilary Swank and The Dilemma with Vince Vaughn.

Saturday 11.19.11
Doris and Michael went to the Georgia game today but we took a bye.  Another beatiful day so we took another beautiful walk.  Joan and Bill came for dinner and we ate delicious chicken that was bought from a local farm market  and Joan brought this yummy cake.

Friday 11.18.11
This morning someone came and put a shut off on the hose outlet until it can really get fixed.  We went to The Yesterday Cafe in downtown Greensboro for lunch and we each got a Blue Plate special.  We each got blackened grouper that came with corn bread and two sides.  We each got a squash casserole and larry got mac and cheese and I got collard greens.

 We shared a piece of Buttermilk Pie for dessert and ordered one to pick up before Thanksgiving.  I definitely want to try making one of these when we go home.
Doris and Michael got an earlier flight so instead of coming at midnight they arrived around 6.
Thursday 11.17.11
This was a very interesting day for all sorts of strange things happening.  I noticed in the morning noises that sounded like some kind of critter scurrying around in the ceiling of the bathroom.  It remined me of the noises I used to hear coming from the attic over my bedroom when I lived on Mt. Airy although there it sounded even louder.  I was going to mention it to Larry but forgot until he told me he saw a squirrel going into the vent outside the house.  The vent that led directly to our bathroom.
Since Doris and Michael weren't here there was nothing for us to do in the meantime other them let them know.  We took a walk around this area but drove to another location so we could see some new sights.  We wound up in an area where there were lots of vacant lots so not too many houses to see but it was still a beautiful day.

We played some pool and I actually beat Larry by getting in all the balls and the 8 ball and not by default because he missed the 8.  YEA!!!

 Later that night I was in the bedroom watching Private Practice.  During the last commercial break I flushed the toilet but it sounded like the water was still running.  After awhile I went back in and checked but it didn't appear to be doing anything but it still sounded like there was water running from someplace.  After awhile I woke Larry who fell asleep watching TV in the family room and said "I think we have a problem."  He went to investigate and found that the water was running out of a hose in front and it wouldn't shut off.  At 11:20 PM we called Doris & Michael in Boston.  Tomorrow someone would come to look at it.  In the meantime, we turned off the water in the house and went to bed.

Wednesday 11.16.11

Today it rained and rained so we had a movie marathon but in between the rain we did get a chance to get out for a walk around the neighborhood. That is when I got my first glimpse of  the turkey lawn ornament.

We watched Red - Bruce Willis et al, Burlesque with Cher and Christina Aquilera and Waiting for Forever.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Cards

This year we're actually going to send out Christmas cards and early too.  The reason - I used the 5 free card promotion from Shutterfly as an inspiration and of course I waited until the last minute to do it.  Once I started to place the order I realized that the card I picked wasn't part of the free ones, so I added 5 different ones too.   Now that I ordered the cards lets hope we write and mail them.  We had this picture taken on a cruise and I thought it was good enough to share.
Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Southern Weight Watchers

I had to do my monthly weigh in so found a WW meeting not far away from us.  They have 2 meetings a week in Greensboro, SC and both are on Tuesday, one at 12:00 and the other at 5:30.  Larry was playing golf this morning so it was perfect.  I stayed for the meeting where we talked about Thanksgiving menus.  They wanted to know what a "Yankee" menu consists of.
I even won a door prize - Cinnamon Crumb bar.  The hardest part was not eating all morning.  I wasn't even going to have coffee but I broke down.  I was concerned about how much I was going to weight because I've been away for weeks without weighing myself.  I felt good when I was only up .6 pounds.
- Posted from my iPhone
Location:Carey Station Rd,Greensboro,United States

After the meeting I went to Publix and got some more 2/1 diet Swiss Miss Cocoa - what a deal and came home for lunch & breakfast combo.  Then I was ready for a nap so I took my audio book out to the couch on the porch and layed down to listen and fell asleep.  When Larry woke me at 5:00 (when I wanted to make dinner) I eventually roused myself enough to open my eyes and just had to take some pictures. 

We went inside and made dinner.  The recipe was one we sampled at Publix yesterday for Cod Saute with Citrus Bernaise.
We adapted the recipe quite a bit to reduce the calories but the following is the original and here is the link.

Cod Sauté With Citrus Béarnaise

1 large egg, beaten (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
4 cod loins (20 oz), thawed
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup reduced-fat milk
1 packet Béarnaise sauce mix (about 1 oz)
juice of 1/2 lemon

  • Place egg and bread crumbs in separate bowls.
  • Combine flour and seasoned salt in third bowl.
  1. Preheat large sauté pan on medium heat 3–4 minutes. Dip fish in flour (coating both sides) then dip into egg (allowing excess to drip off.) Finally, dip into bread crumbs.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons butter in pan, then add fish; cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden and 145°F (or ­flesh separates easily).
  3. Combine milk and sauce in saucepan on medium-high. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  4. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring continually, until sauce thickens. Squeeze juice of one-half lemon (about 1 tablespoon) into sauce; stir until well blended. Serve sauce over fish.

What is this memory all about anyway?

I'm not talking about my memory here.  What I refer to is the memory on my MacBook.
Before we left town I installed an extra GB of memory in both our laptops which we needed in order to upgrade to Lion.  2 GB is the max we can have on our old Macs which we bought in 2007.  They came with 1 GB.  Last night I saw in the App store a "free"  app called Free Memory. 
It monitors your memory in the menubar and frees memory with the click of your mouse.
After installing it I realized that I didn't understand what any of the memory meant.  If I only have 522 MB Free, how was I able to use my computer before when I only had a total of 1GB and what is that memory called Wired?
I searched to see what Wired memory was and found this blog posting

Then I checked the app that comes on the Mac in Utilities called Activity Monitor and it showed the same numbers as the App and also my details.  Firefox is the greediest of them all.
This might be interesting to add to my Dashboard too.